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Highway Improvements Continue In Northwestern Ontario

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Highway Improvements Continue In Northwestern Ontario

McGuinty Government Creating Jobs and Help Families

Thirty two projects in Northwestern Ontario are nearing completion, improving safety, keeping traffic moving and creating greater economic opportunities and more than 1,900 construction related jobs in the region.

A total of 494 kilometres of highways are being repaved and nine bridges are being rehabilitated or replaced.

Key projects include:

  • Improving 21 kilometres of Highway 11 east of Fort Frances;
  • Improving 28 kilometres of Highway 11 west of Geraldton;
  • Reconstructing of 18 kilometres of Highway 17 west of Vermilion Bay;
  • Reconstructing  of 16 kilometres of Highway 17 east of Upsala;
  • Improving of 20 kilometres of Highway 17 east of Marathon;
  • Fabricating pre-cast concrete deck components for the Noden Causeway on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances;
  • Fabricating structural steel for the Mackenzie River Bridges for the new four-lane alignment of Highway 11/17.

These projects are part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and improve Ontario's infrastructure.

Quick Facts

  • This year the McGuinty government plans to invest $273 million in regional highways.
  • The Ontario government is investing $2.7 billion into designing, repairing and expanding highways, roads and bridges.
  • Investing in Ontario's highway infrastructure will create or sustain an estimated 17,000 jobs.
  • The Ontario government committed a record $773 million in the 2010-11 Northern Highways Program.

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“These investments, along with other long-term investments in projects like the expansion of Highway 11/17 east of Thunder Bay, are spurring economic development and improving safety and the quality of life for northerners.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

“We are investing record amounts into designing repairing and expanding highways, roads and bridges. These investments are good news for Ontario families who depend on the safe and efficient movement of goods and people.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

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